Scholarship Values NCAA vs. NJCAA

Dear Eligibility Coach:

I’m trying to decide if I should accept a scholarship offer from a NCAA lower level Division I school, or if I should go to a junior college and get more exposure and then transfer to a higher level Division I school. What are the differences between scholarships in the NCAA and the NJCAA?

Dear Student-Athlete:

NCAA Division I and II universities offer full scholarships and partial scholarships. Full scholarships are limited to tuition, fees, room, board and course-required books. Some Division I schools are looking at offering scholarships that will cover up to the total cost of attendance at a college or university.

Traditionally scholarships have been for one year and are renewable. Some Division I schools are offering multi-year scholarships now. Be sure you understand exactly what you are being offered BEFORE you sign with the university.

Partial scholarships are generally offered in percentages, e.g., 30 percent of a full scholarship, but can be offered for a specific dollar amount, e.g., $10,000.

Schools that are members of the NJCAA are categorized in Division I, II and III. A full scholarship in NJCAA Division I shall be limited to a maximum of tuition, fees, room and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies, and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Division II junior colleges may only offer tuition, fees and books.

NCAA Division III and NJCAA Division III institutions do not offer scholarships based on athletics ability.

You mention that you have a scholarship offer from a NCAA Division I school, but you don’t say if you have a definite scholarship offer from a NJCAA school. I would be careful of turning down a solid scholarship offer hoping for a better offer later. Only you and your family can decide what you can afford, but remember your options in life will be so much greater if you graduate from college with limited or no student loan debt.

Cost of Attendance

Here’s a look at some of the numbers, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Old scholarship is the value of tuition, fees, room, board and books. New scholarship equals total cost of attendance. Some of the figures are estimated.

INSTITUTION OLD SCHOLARSHIP NEW SCHOLARSHIP DIFFERENCE
Tennessee $23,710 $29,376 $5,666
Auburn $23,578 $29,164 $5,586
Louisville $19,142 $24,344 $5,202
Mississippi State $17,294 $22,420 $5,126
Texas Tech $18,944 $24,044 $5,100
Penn State $29,810 $34,598 $4,788
TCU $50,940 $55,640 $4,700
Oklahoma $19,341 $23,955 $4,614
Oklahoma State $18,180 $22,740 $4,560
Ole Miss $18,204 $22,704 $4,500
Wisconsin $20,678 $24,994 $4,316
Texas $21,552 $25,862 $4,310
South Carolina $21,414 $25,565 $4,151
Kansas State $18,194 $22,306 $4,112
Arkansas $19,064 $23,066 $4,002
Florida State $17,800 $21,684 $3,884
Baylor $50,278 $54,160 $3,882
Nebraska $19,762 $23,448 $3,726
Missouri $21,040 $24,704 $3,664
Clemson $23,304 $26,912 $3,608
Utah $19,448 $23,022 $3,574
Cal $28,616 $32,168 $3,552
Washington State $24,634 $28,176 $3,542
Arizona State $21,851 $25,209 $3,358
Florida $17,230 $20,550 $3,320
Arizona $21,900 $25,200 $3,300
Pitt $29,024 $32,324 $3,300
Maryland $21,342 $24,504 $3,162
LSU $24,192 $27,288 $3,096
Kansas $17,288 $20,364 $3,076
Indiana $21,382 $24,418 $3,036
Rutgers $27,012 $29,933 $2,921
Alabama $24,542 $27,434 $2,892
Miami $59,162 $61,942 $2,780
Vanderbilt $61,470 $64,250 $2,780
Virginia Tech $20,960 $23,739 $2,770
Texas A&M $19,764 $22,470 $2,706
Washington $24,433 $27,112 $2,679
Stanford $62,540 $65,165 $2,625
Ohio State $22,198 $24,800 $2,602
Georgia $20,082 $22,680 $2,598
UCLA $32,157 $34,752 $2,595
Virginia $24,528 $27,092 $2,564
Illinois $27,650 $30,150 $2,500
Northwestern $65,603 $68,095 $2,492
Oregon State $23,832 $26,316 $2,484
Iowa State $16,600 $19,030 $2,430
N.C. State $19,938 $22,368 $2,430
Wake Forest $62,140 $64,540 $2,400
Oregon $22,440 $24,780 $2,340
Colorado $26,268 $28,562 $2,294
Kentucky $21,464 $23,748 $2,284
North Carolina $21,884 $24,120 $2,236
 Duke $61,793 $63,999 $2,206
Michigan $24,780 $26,984 $2,204
Minnesota $23,180 $25,374 $2,194
West Virginia $17,642 $19,613 $1,971
Notre Dame $62,825 $64,775 $1,950
Iowa $19,072 $21,010 $1,938
Michigan State $24,254 $26,126 $1,872
Purdue $21,242 $23,002 $1,760
Georgia Tech $23,028 $24,748 $1,720
Syracuse $59,610 $61,242 $1,632
USC $65,982 $67,562 $1,580
Boston College $61,622  $63,022 $1,400

 

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